No, probably not a single person who at least once in his life “did not fall” on the series. Moreover, all these stories “Just Mari”, “Slave Izaur” and other tear gum fade in comparison with real historical characters. Do not believe me? Take only one day in history, January 31, gave the world a few absolutely amazing people.
So, in 1735, Hector Saint John Crewerk appeared, an American farmer, who was fortunate enough to receive a Jesuit education in France. A competent young man was sent to serve in the army. He had no intention of “slashing”, despite the fact that he had to serve for 4 years, far from home – in Canada. In the army, St. John became a writer. His “Notes” – a collection of 12 nature and biographical essays – survived several publications and translations during the life of the author. Both in the US and in France. And here is the first plot for a dashing tie-in 150 years after Crevecoeur’s death in the attic of an old house in France his manuscripts were added, supplementing already published observations. Interest in the farmer broke out with renewed vigor.
But even during his lifetime, membership in the French Academy of Sciences provided Crevekers with the favor of the influential natural scientists admiring his book – Count Buffon and Benjamin Franklin. “The favorite of the public” was appointed ambassador of France in the three newly-formed states of America.
But before this happened, the American revolution destroyed his family – a naturalist farmer and his American wife found themselves on opposite sides of the barricade. St. John with his eldest son left for England, and, returning a few years later to the New World as an ambassador, he found instead of the house the ashes and the grave of his wife, and younger children among the Boston homeless. What is not the topic for the next few hundred series?
Crewker Ambassador established a postal message between the States and France, continued to write articles on botanical, agrotechnical and medical topics, and simultaneously developed a widely-cited theory of the boiling cauldron, which was an attempt to answer the question “What is an American?”.
If the amazing destiny of Crevecaire did not inspire you, then, perhaps, you will be interested in one of the first French “kamikaze” – aeronaut Andre Jacques Garnerin? He was also born on January 31, only in 1769.
At home, he is rightfully considered the first paratrooper. In the year of establishing the Jacobin dictatorship, in 1793, he became an inspector of the French army, introducing the use of balloons for military purposes.
During the fighting, Garneren was captured by the British and spent two years in captivity. Upon his return to France, he began to make high-altitude flights in a balloon with great persistence. To this was added a new hobby – jumping from a parachute. In this he had no equal. So, in 1797 Andre-Jacques made a jump with a parachute from a height of 1000 m. But in France he did not shut himself up. He traveled with demonstration flights to the cities of Europe, and, at that time, when not all were heard of Napoleon Bonaparte. So the republic was associated with the name of Garneren, not the great Corsican. And on the record of Europe Andre-Jacques swung not anywhere, but in the most that neither is the enemy camp – in England. It seems that there could not have been without politics – to stun, first of all, the enemy. By the way, the Frenchman made a record jump from a height of 2440 m. And his parachute made of white silk in the shape of an umbrella had a diameter of about 7 m, according to current concepts, a medium-sized version.
With a sufficiently developed fantasy on his fate, you can build a good story – by engaging the aeronaut in the “space disassembly” at an altitude of about 2 km. Or “rewarding” him with total amnesia because of the oxygen starvation of the brain. And then – on the rolled …
If you want to be closer to the world of art, you can remember the person who came to this world on January 31, 1921. It’s about Mario Lanz (stage name Alfredo Arnold Kokotstsy).The fate was that the well-known conductor Sergei Kusevitsky, after listening to this transport worker, who took singing lessons, recommended his opera theater in Boston. And the Bostonians never regretted this acquisition.
After the end of the Second World War, tenor Mario Lanza performed in concerts as part of the “trio bel canto” with George London and Frances Jind. And when in Hollywood seriously concerned with the embodiment on the screen of the image of the great Caruso, the choice of the director of the film fell precisely on Mario Lanz. And grateful spectators eagerly awaited when their idol finally makes his debut on the opera stage. They did not wait: Mario Lanza died at the age of thirty-eight in his historic homeland – in Italy. In the last way he was seen off by thousands of Romans.
During his 14 years of creative life, his voice was embodied in 800 works and seven films. He was called “a sunny guy from Philadelphia.” He was generous, affectionate, recklessly cheerful and tragically sad. All his life he helped the poor and gave them to beggars. There was endlessly open and sacrificial in it. Unfortunately, people did not always answer him the same.
Love history, and it always answers the same. And food for thought will give, and the heroes of the past will open. And with their help you can also become a little famous …